I'm pretty excited about the next two posts I'm working on - it's not only about coffee (of course) but also my other favorite topics, emergency preparedness, backpacking and camping.
I've spent the last two days doing a lot of research online at Amazon (I'll link to it) as well as competitors, for a few items I wanted to get and while doing research for all these items, saw these again and decided to do a post for 2 different collapsible coffee brewers. I get really excited about camping and emergency kit items, so I'll try to tone down my enthusiasm!
First, is the GSI version. Now, I've posted a couple times about my love of the GSI Outdoors Java Press I bought last year for my emergency kit but loved it so much I still use it about twice a week. However, it's pretty big and if space is an issue (think; backpack or bug out bag) but you love your coffee and it's important to you to include a way to make it; then think 'collapsible'.
This is the GSI Outdoors 79480 Collapsible Java Drip Coffee Maker - which I actually mentioned almost 2 years ago (August, 2013) but it's still one of the best options so it's worth repeating before I go on to my next choice.
This is a collapsible drip cone that holds a #4 filter to brew 1 - 12 cups of coffee, depending on the amount of grounds you use. The sturdy, silicone bellows design collapses to a 1" high, 5.6" diameter disc. The flanged design helps center the drip cone over mugs, cups and wide-mouth bottles for stable, spill-free brewing. The lid can double as a trivet after brewing.
From the GSI site product description: Don't settle for instant, when you're on the trail or in camp. Pack a GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip on your next outing, and enjoy freshly brewed coffee, just as you would at home. Folds flat, weighs next to nothing, for easy packing.
- Uses: #4 Filter
- Weight: 4.8 oz.
- Dimensions: 5.60" x 5.50" x 1.00"
- Material: Silicone and Clear Polypropylene
- Product Use: Car Camping Gourmet Backpacking
- Includes: Collapsible #4 Drip Cone, Snap-on cover
If you've been looking at pour-over style coffee makers for traveling you may have seen the Melitta coffee cone - which I like, but unfortunately it does not collapse or pack down so it takes up too much space. This version is small enough to toss into your suitcase for traveling or in your backpack if you can afford a 1" X 5 1/2" space-taker.
As I mentioned in my post in 2013 regarding this particular cone, some people have complained it has a bit of a chemical smell when you first open it, as it's made from silicone. This goes away after you wash it with dish soap. Average cost across all the sites I checked today showed this coffee drip brewer to be about $12.95.